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Jun 19, 2024 - 3:03:48 PM
5 posts since 4/4/2010

Hi--I've recently acquired two Japanese banjos.One is a FE style one-piece flange instrument labelled 'The Kasuga'(maple archtop/carved heel).The other is a 1977 maple Archtop Gold Star(Tokai rim label)bought from Japan.The case is in need of a new handle but is badged Kawase(the selling shop/store).There's a guarantee label on the back of the H&F headstock.Would those with more vintage knowledge than I possess remove it?.The rim appears to be multi-ply.I wonder what metal would have been used in the tone ring?.I have lying around an old Liberty 40-hole archtop tone ring.I'd hold on to the original but would any benefit be gained by swapping out?.Any thoughts or insights gratefully accepted.

Edited by - NICK1952 on 06/19/2024 15:15:41

Jun 19, 2024 - 3:13:43 PM
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2373 posts since 8/9/2019

Leave it as is. Those have the archtop sound

Jun 19, 2024 - 3:40:46 PM
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62240 posts since 12/14/2005

I once owned a KASUGA copy of a Gibson.
Sold it to a friend, and have been TRYING to buy it back, for 40 years.
Sounds great AS IS.
So, advice from an Old Person:
"Don't muss it up."

Jun 19, 2024 - 4:04:30 PM
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5847 posts since 5/29/2011

Old adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
'Nuff said.

Jun 19, 2024 - 7:49:50 PM



23269 posts since 7/6/2005

My first Mastertone-style banjo was a Kasuga back in 1974

Jun 19, 2024 - 8:28:44 PM

kat eyz


1181 posts since 10/1/2003

I wouldnt mess with them ..iam sure more people with more knowledge will post on this topic and give you a nice history lesson on them .

Jun 19, 2024 - 8:29:27 PM

kat eyz


1181 posts since 10/1/2003

more knowledge than ME

Jun 20, 2024 - 5:07:30 AM
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813 posts since 11/9/2021

If it ain't broke, don't break it. Wisdom from my mechanic.

Jun 23, 2024 - 2:32:35 AM
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15133 posts since 2/7/2003

Leave every thing alone, spend your time learning to play them and that Liberty ring will almost guarantee not fit even terribly, it likely wont fit at all

Jun 23, 2024 - 5:47:44 AM
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79839 posts since 5/9/2007

Kasuga and Gold Star archtop rings are excellent.

Jun 23, 2024 - 5:11:22 PM

79839 posts since 5/9/2007

Did Liberty use StewMac rings?

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